Abbey in line for top award

Fountains Abbey might win a White Rose Award.

Fountains Abbey might win a White Rose Award.

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has been shortlisted for a prestigious White Rose Award – one of the most-coveted tourism prizes in the county.

The National Trust estate near Ripon has made it through to the final of the ‘Large Visitor Attraction’ category and winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at Elland Road’s Centenary Pavilion, in Leeds, on October 1.

Winners of each category will not only scoop one of these prestigious accolades but they are also entered into the national tourism awards next year.

Chris Fowler, general manager at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted. We had a fantastic year with record-breaking visitor numbers in 2011. We were able to continue our vital conservation work in the garden – restoring lost features and opening up new areas for our visitors to explore. It would be a wonderful achievement for all of our amazing staff and volunteers if we won in October.”

The awards are run by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire. Chief executive Gary Verity said: “Making it to the shortlist is a huge achievement in itself.”